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Expert in Coatings Technology

Expert ID: 736432 Pennsylvania, USA

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EXPERTISE
• Refinish, Automotive, Industrial, and Architectural coatings technology
• Expert Witness services
• Coatings development and formulation
• Polymer and oligomer development for coating resin systems
• Coatings Marketplace structure and market drivers
• Coatings Raw Materials market supply and sourcing knowledge
• Scale-up and process development for coatings manufacture

• Technical support in coatings formulation, product development, testing, and raw material supply
o Helped clients to formulate new coatings that had improved surface characteristics, which were successfully commercialized.
o Guided clients on the best use for new raw materials in coatings formulations.
o Have provided formulating expertise for clients new to coatings industry.

• Coatings Manufacturers and Raw Material Suppliers marketplace analysis
o Worked with clients to analyze acrylic monomer supply in the Industrial Coatings market.

• Technical training in coatings technology
o Provided an all-day course on coatings technology to clients.
o Have provided requested presentations to clients on the chemistry of coatings and marketplace needs in the coatings field.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Philadelphia, PA

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1987 Degree: Ph.D. Subject: Physical Chemistry Institution: University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
Year: 1982 Degree: B.S. Subject: Chemistry Institution: Miami University, Oxford, OH

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2010 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Owner Department: Independent Consultant Responsibilities: Independent Consultant: Owner of a consulting business providing support to clients involved with the Coatings Industry
Services provided to clients include:
• Technical support in coatings formulation, product development, testing, and raw material supply
• Coatings Manufacturers and Raw Material Suppliers marketplace analysis
• Technical training in coatings technology
• Expert witness engagements for coatings liability cases
Years: 1987 to 2010 Employer: DuPont Company Title: Senior Research Associate Department: Performance Coatings Responsibilities: -Technical Leader Automotive Refinish Clearcoat Group
-Paint Formulator for Automotive Basecoats and Clearcoats
-Co-inventor on five U.S. Patents

• Reformulated Refinish Basecoat systems to provide improved property and application performance while maintaining color matching capabilities.
• Technical Leader of the Refinish Clearcoat group during the development and commercialization of the DuPont "HyperCure™" Clearcoat line, that set new standards in the marketplace for productivity. Received a DuPont Marketing Excellence Recognition Award for this commercialization.
• Developed a number of new polymers and oligomers with novel structures to enable lower VOC coatings with improved productivity. Two US Patents awarded for this work.
• Managed technical supplier interactions as Vendor Coordinator. This role included:
o Acting as liaison between suppliers and the technical community to assure DuPont had the best available external technologies.
o Managing raw material supply programs to assure product availability.
o Working to maintain critical technical business relationships with key suppliers.
• Provided leadership as Lean Transformation Coordinator for Lean simplification teams at DuPont Front Royal manufacturing plant. Reformulation and process changes implemented for cost savings of over $100k annually. Have Six Sigma Green Belt certification, and have participated on ISO Quality Teams.
• Developed and formulated a family of Refinish Clearcoat products, coined "ChromaClear™", that were the main brand offering for DuPont Refinish over the span of about a decade. This product line was recognized by the Refinish marketplace as one of the strengths of DuPont Refinish Coatings. Received a Special Compensation Award for this commercialization.
• Developed DuPont's first low VOC clearcoat for the Heavy Duty Truck industry, employing a unique rheology agent to maintain appearance.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
American Chemical Society
American Coatings Association
Philadelphia ACS Chemical Consultants Network
Philadelphia Society for Coatings Technology
Licenses / Certifications
• Pennsylvania Teacher Certification Instructional I Certificate—Chemistry, West Chester University, West Chester, PA, Post-Baccalaureate program, 2013
Professional Appointments
Board of Directors Committee, Philadelphia Society for Coatings Technology
Awards / Recognition
Philadelphia Society for Coatings Technology
• Invited Panel Member for panel discussion, “Solving Formulation and Testing Challenges,” Eastern Coatings Show, 2017
• Wayne Kraus Technical Lecture Award Recipient
Publications and Patents Summary
Co-author on 12 peer-reviewed scientific publications.
Co-inventor on five U.S. Patents.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
- Expert Witness for case where Plaintiffs bring claims against various manufacturers of white lead carbonate pigment.

- Expert Witness for codefendant; Expert reports filed in all three cases. Deposition and Trial testimony provided for all cases.; Deposition testimony as witness; trial testimony 2019

- Inter Parties Review of Patent; Expert Witness for Petitioner Reactive Surfaces. Declaration in Support of Petition and Reply Declaration filed.; Deposition testimony in 2017

- US Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Case: To Be Assigned, Inter Parties Review of Patent; Expert Witness for Petitioner Reactive Surfaces. Declaration in Support of Petition filed 2017.

- US Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Case: To Be Assigned, Inter Parties Review of Patent; Expert Witness for Petitioner Reactive Surfaces. Declaration in Support of Petition filed 2016.

- Court of Common Pleas for the State of Delaware, Expert was designated as Expert Witness for the Defendant. Case was withdrawn by the Plaintiff February 2014.

- Served as Expert Witness for codefendant; Declaration filed; provided deposition and court testimony. A judgement of not liable was found. -Deposition testimony in 2012 and 2013 -Trial testimony in 2013.
Vendor Selection
Managed technical supplier interactions as Vendor Coordinator for DuPont Performance Coatings. This role included:
o Acting as liaison between suppliers and the technical community to assure DuPont had the best available external technologies.
o Managing raw material supply programs to assure product availability.
o Working to maintain critical technical business relationships with key suppliers.

Fields of Expertise

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